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  1. 79 years ago, on a beautiful Sunday morning, the world was changed forever. 353 Imperial Japanese naval-launched aircraft descended upon the sleepy US naval base at Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii at 7:48 am local Hawaiian time. The US was caught completely by surprise when the first bombs begin to fall, and the world was forever changed. By the time the attack was over 90 minutes later and the final death toll was tallied, 2335 US service members were killed and another 1443 wounded. Of all the ships attacked, 3 of them—USS Arizona (BB-39), USS Utah (BB-31), and USS Oklahoma (BB-37) were total losses. USS Arizona in particular accounted for nearly half of all deaths during the entire attack when a bomb hit the forward magazines. Some of the deaths on the sunken battleships occurred in the days afterwards—sailors trapped when the warships sank and/or rolled over could be heard banging on the sides of the ships calling for help. Most of them, unfortunately, could not be saved, even if some of them survived for more than two weeks trapped underneath. The Japanese, however, missed several critical targets. The carriers—Enterprise, Saratoga, and Lexington) were absent, and several important logistical facilities like the submarine pens, oil tanks, and repair yards were left essentially untouched. These untouched assets ended up being much more important to the American war effort in the Pacific than the sunken battleships ever could have hoped to be. Because of the fact that the stricken ships were located in a shallow harbor and were within easy reach of the repair yards, all but the three aforementioned total losses eventually returned to active service a few years later—Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, California, and Tennessee all ended up participating in the last battleship-to-battleship engagement in history, although engagement is probably an overstatement of the resulting carnage. All the ships present at Pearl Harbor that survived to the end of the war (a few like Helena would be sunk during the war) would eventually be either scrapped or used as targets for Operation Crossroads. Of the three ships that were total losses, USS Oklahoma's location is still unknown to this day. In the middle of being towed to San Francisco Bay for final scrapping, she and accompanying her tugboat ran into a storm, and the tugs were forced to release their lines and let the Nevada-class battleship sink to save themselves. USS Utah currently sits off of Ford Island with her own memorial, which is not open to those without military IDs. USS Arizona remains where she was berthed, with the famous memorial thereof erected above her. Every year there is a ceremony commemorating the attack, and survivors of Pearl Harbor can choose to have their remains interred within her hull when they pass on. Unfortunately this year, because of the Covid epidemic, no survivors of Pearl Harbor attended the ceremony. Nevertheless, may the sacrifice of those who were there that fateful Sunday morning be remembered for all time. The full livestream of this year's Pearl Harbor commemoration ceremony A very good overview of the attack minute-by-minute Drachinifel's 3-video series about the post-attack salvage operations And of course, how could I not sortie out Arizona today? Warning: You have been warned
  2. I don't know if it was mentioned but there is a VERY interesting and VERY detailed history series on YT made it with the participation of the WOWS team and hosted by Indy Neidel . The recent "events" have perhaps diverted the attention from it. But it would be a loss to not watch it. There are more videos, but....you all know how use a browser right? :)
  3. FYI, live tweeting so you can follow along and "see" it as it is happening. @USSArizona on Twitter
  4. Dr_Venture

    Oklahoma - DOA

    *cough* TEXAS IS BETTER *cough* https://blog.worldofwarships.com/blog/57 American battleship Oklahoma, Tier V Hit points – 48,200. Plating - 19 mm. Main battery - 2x3 356 mm. Firing range - 17.1 km. Maximum HE shell damage – 4,900. Chance to cause fire – 27%. HE initial velocity - 792 m/s. Maximum AP shell damage - 10,000. AP initial velocity - 792 m/s. Reload time - 34.0 s. 180 degree turn time - 60.0 s. Maximum dispersion - 231 m. Sigma – 1.80. Main battery - 2x2 356 mm. Firing range - 17.1 km. Maximum HE shell damage – 4,900. Chance to cause fire – 27%. HE initial velocity - 792 m/s. Maximum AP shell damage - 10,000. AP initial velocity - 792 m/s. Reload time - 34.0 s. 180 degree turn time - 60.0 s. Maximum dispersion - 231 m. Sigma – 1.80. Secondary Armament: 18x1 127.0 mm, range - 4.5 km. Maximum HE shell damage – 1,800. Chance to cause fire – 6%. HE initial velocity - 960 m/s AA defense: 8x1 127.0 mm, 8x1 12.7 mm. AA defense short-range: continuous damage per second - 84, hit probability - 70 %, action zone 0.1-1.5 km; AA defense long-range: continuous damage per second - 95, hit probability - 75 %, action zone 0.1-4.8 km; Number of explosions in a salvo - 3, damage within an explosion - 1,190, action zone 3.5 - 4.8 km. Maximum speed - 19.7 kt. Turning circle radius - 610 m. Rudder shift time – 13.4 s. Surface detectability – 13.5 km. Air detectability – 10.2 km. Detectability after firing main guns in smoke – 11.7 km. Available consumables: Slot 1 - Damage Control Party Slot 2 - Repair Party Slot 3 - Spotting Aircraft
  5. So, I know that Modeling and Development takes time. I have commented on another post about the possibility of having USS Nevada with the post Pearl Harbor attack rebuild on her, and have the ship in the game. Now I discover that you have modeled the USS California in this fashion as a possible T-7 Battleship and I am foaming at the mouth wondering (WHEN) it might come to pass. I am guessing when they release the new Mulan Movie next year. I'm guessing another 100 dollar Admirals pack premium. I would most likely pay it for that ship. I do wish you would model Nevada, also but Eh, who knows. Anyway TY in advance for California.
  6. On Saturday, February 15, 2020, Donald Stratton, who until that day was one of only three remaining survivors of USS Arizona's (BB-39) sinking at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, died at his home surrounded by wife and son. He was 97 years old. Donald Stratton was a 19 year-old seaman at the time of the attack, and suffered burns and other injuries during the attack such that he was deemed unfit for combat in 1942 (and indeed, he would likely not have even survived had Joe George, a crewman aboard the nearby repair ship USS Vestal (AR-4), defied orders and thrown a rope over to the battleship, saving 6 men from USS Arizona). Despite his injuries, Stratton went on to convince the draft board to let me reenlist, and served all the way through to the end of World War 2, including combat during the Battle of Okinawa. After the war, he spent his life traveling the world and working in the commercial diving business. Mr. Stratton will not be buried with the other crewmen entombed in the wreck of USS Arizona, instead opting to be buried with his family in Nebraska. With his death, only Lou Conter and Ken Potts, both 98 years old, remain as the sole survivors of USS Arizona. May he rest in peace, and may his sacrifice and those of his shipmates never be forgotten. https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/02/17/uss-arizona-burned-around-him-pearl-harbor-fellow-sailor-defied-orders-save-his-life/ https://www.facebook.com/ussarizonasurvivor/posts/902428823547798 https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/02/17/uss-arizona-survivors-donald-stratton-dies-colorado-springs-97/4783791002/
  7. December 7, 2019 is the 78th Anniversary of the Attack of Pearl Harbor, which occurred on December 7, 1941 which would be described by Franklin Roosevelt at the time as a "day of infamy". WoWS posted a webpage called Countdown to Pearl Harbor and written by Nicholas Moran aka "The Chieftain", which provides an interesting historical account of events that lead to the devastating surprise attack on the important Hawaiian naval base: https://worldofwarships.com/en/content/game_/countdown-to-pearl-harbor/
  8. *pictured - USS California (BB-44) listing to port after taking bomb and torpedo damage while moored at Ford Island on 7 December 1941 at 11:07 hours* 78 years ago, the Imperial Japanese Navy launched an attack on the US Naval Station at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack crippled the US Navy's Pacific Fleet which included the iconic battleship USS Arizona. This weekend, you can fight for the Fleet and cement the IJN's place in history or perhaps change the tide of battle for the USN. Are you ready to go to General Quarters and "Fight for Arizona"? https://worldofwarships.com/en/news/sales-and-events/pearl-harbor-remembered/ "I have just taken on a great responsibility. I will do my utmost to meet it." - Chester Nimitz, U.S. Navy #fightforarizona #anchorsaweigh
  9. Mr_Secondaries

    Port: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

    Just a suggestion for a future port. I'd really love to have the port of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, USA. I'd be cool to see Battleship Row back in its hay day prior to being attacked.
  10. I like that they are putting in ships like West Virginia, however I would love to see either alternate, and or options to be able to get or work up to having the ship in the 1944 rebuilt construction version. I like playing Colorado and dont mind her to much in her configuration as she was refit with single 5 inch guns in her last condition. Dont get me wrong I dont think that it would make Wee Vee have to climb a tier but it would be a much better AA platform that how she is in the game now. I just think that she hit her epitome in the last build. I was somewhat impressed at how much time and money were spent on rebuilding, rearming, and modernizing the old Battleships during that time, and just went to show the slow understanding and appreciation of the aircraft carriers. I also know that there were 4 classes of standard type U.S. Battleships that came before Colorado consisting of 9 Battleships starting with Nevada. that means that World of Warships could model at the minimum of 5 and the maximum of 13 battleships, or choices of therein. Of course there are already 4 of these ships with 3 of the classes now in the game. We all no this is not likely to happen and at this point would be a nonsensible request. I have thought that they could have the option of choosing ship names, IE like lets say on Arizona you could choose Pennsylvania. Especially because they were basically Identical ships for the most part. Now, again I am happy to see New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and now West Virginia in the game, and it might get tedious or what some people would consider ridiculous to have a battleship from all 5 standard type classes. With there already being 3 represented in the game though they would only need to put either Nevada or Oklahoma in for that class along with the choices of Tennessee or California for their class. Yes I know that a Tennessee with 12-14 inch guns would be redundant to New Mexico and would be the same tier I'm Sure along with Arizona, but for the love of money and keeping us History Channel buffs pumping more of our pay checks that direction I believe it would be worth it to them. And Yes, once again I would love to be able to play them in the original build and the last refit build also. Oh I almost forgot to mention the first South Dakota class. The six Battleships that were axed due to the Naval Treaty. BB's 49 through 54. They were going to be slightly larger Colorado's with 12-16 inch guns. (Yea, You heard me right) Twelve 406mm 50 caliber mark 2 guns. The same guns that were on the Colorado's. Just 4 more of them. They would have been considered that last Standard Type U.S. Navy Battleships. I think one of these babies could be a tier 8 easy, and or possibly a tier 9 depending on the aa suite. The speed I think would be their worst attribute at a planned 23 knots. Anyway, let me know what you think. Would you like to see some of these ships with the most modern builds on them? would you like to see the option of using different names on the ships that are/were basically Identical? would having multiple Battleships in the U.S. Line just gum up the works, or make it more versatile with slightly different play styles like they have done with Alabama and Massachusetts? I think over time it would make the game more interesting and diverse. USS West Virginia 1944 USS Tennessee 1945 1st South Dakota Class BB Model USS Nevada 1945
  11. Some photos from my visit to Pearl today: The ride to and from the Arizona memorial (though not on the memorial itself, given its current need for structural repairs) Arizona's original anchor, surrounded by plaques listing the name of the survivors of her destruction One of the bells recovered from Arizona's wreck, along with a mini-model with braille captions (the other one currently sits in the University of Arizona) The Tree of Life, a sculpture meant evoke rebirth and memory (and apparently inspired by Arizona's superstructure) A model of a Kate torpedo bomber mostly hidden from outside the entrance, supplementing a mural depicting the start of the attack (the mural in question depicts a torpedo bomber making an attack on Battleship Row Lest anyone forget, it wasn't only navy personnel that died on Arizona: quite a few marines also perished (and survived) in the battleship's destruction. A side shot of Mighty Mo in her navy blue camouflage The place where USS Nevada was originally moored— the only battleship to get underway at Pearl (and ran aground to prevent the Japanese planes from blocking the channel by sinking her), and even 2 atomic bombs and the combined shelling of 3 warships (including USS Iowa) weren't enough to down this tough lady. As the caption for this trophy stated, the final showdown between the bands of the two Pennsylvania-class battleships never took place, but was instead posthumously given to the band of Arizona by Pennsylvania's. Apparently, much like today's sports teams, the various warships also had their own ship-specific banners and whatnot Now this was unexpected. Sadako Sasaki died at the age of 12 from leukemia caused by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Before her death, however, she folded 1k paper cranes (and about 300 extra) as a legend stated that whoever folded 1k of them would be granted a wish, and these cranes have become a symbol of hope for peace. Most of them are displayed in the A-bomb museums in Japan, but it seems some were on display here. Although Hawaii had about 150k Japanese-Americans—about 1/3 of the total population—when the attack occurred, only 1.8k at most were interned (which perhaps, more than anything else, indicates the falseness of the "fears of sabotage" arguments for the internment camps). Still, despite widespread racism and worse, they played crucial roles in the American war effort, achieving monumental feats in various capacities from translating the Japanese Z-plan (which led to the Battle of the Philippines Sea) to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team becoming one of the most decorated units in US military history. The plaque declaring USS Growler (SS-215) to be Hawaii's state boat, part of a memorial that lists every single US submarine lost in the Pacific theater and the names of those lost with them, including the famous ones like Albacore and Harder. More than a few were sunk by faulty torpedoes that circled back once fired. Bonus—what I found in the Chinese restaurant I went to for dinner: The bottom picture, as the flags would indicate, is the president and first lady of Taiwan. Quite a few other celebrities too, including Jackie Chan here
  12. 0ldRichard

    Day of Infamy

    For US Navy veterans, or anyone else who's been there, the sadness at the Arizona Memorial is palpable. Like walking the fields of Ypres or crossing Burnside's Bridge at Antietam, the dead call out to us. We do not forget. The only glory in war belongs to the warriors. Rest well, shipmates. We have the watch.
  13. DocWalker

    77 Years Ago

    Friday will mark the 77th Anniversary of this "date which will live in infamy". My dad and 3 uncles fought in WWII, 2 of them in the Navy. So, this has always been a significant day of remembrance. I was unaware of some of the other "hidden memorials" of Pearl Harbor, however, until I came across the article below, published 2 years ago. I hope you find it interesting as well. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/12/06/hidden-memorials-pearl-harbor-oahu/94039116/
  14. I actually wasn't going to do any more of these, but I finished a book this morning that told a history that I felt needed to be remembered. That book was called The Ship That Wouldn't Die: The Saga of the USS Neosho A World War II Story of Courage and Survival at Sea by Don Keith. Admittedly I only picked up this book because I spent some years of my childhood in a quaint town called Neosho, Missouri; so my curiosity was piqued when I came across the title. This book isn't about about a warship, at least not in the common sense. The USS Neosho was a Cimarron-Class oiler that was moored between the USS California and the ships USS Maryland, USS Oklahoma at Battleship Row during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The captain and crew not only shot down one Kate dive bomber and held off others with its meager AA armament and a collection of small arms raided from a weapons locker, but got underway to remove their full load of fuel from among the battleships to prevent a potentially catastrophic explosion. USS California and USS Neosho during the attack on Battleship Row Following this attack the USS Neosho had the distinction of being the only fleet oiler in the Pacific for some time. This made her one of if not the most important ship in the Pacific. She was quickly folded into Task Force 17 and given the responsibility of maintaining the fleet which acted as America's first response to the unchecked Japanese expansion in the Pacific. Admiral Frank Fletcher knew well her value, and to safeguard the oiler he had the USS Neosho and her escort the USS Sims leave the fleet for what should've been safer waters, but when a Japanese scout plane mistook the oiler for an enemy carrier the two ships would suffer a tragedy that has sadly been almost forgotten. The initial erroneous identification of the oiler and her escort ship had been corrected by the first Japanese bombers on site, however when it became clear that the task force was not in the vicinity the order was given to attack them anyways. This may have been a strategic play on the part of Admiral Shigeyoshi Inoue, however the commitment of planes weakened the strike capabilities of the Japanese carriers when scouts from Task Force 17 and the Imperial 4th Fleet mutually spotted each other at roughly the same time as the USS Neosho and USS Sims came under attack. This gave a decided advantage to Admiral Fletcher in what would be known as the Battle of the Coral Sea. The survivors of the two stricken ships however would be adrift for four hellish days of fire, thirst, sharks and a dwindling hope of rescue. There were many instances of personal valor and many citations in recognition for the actions taken by survivors from both ships, including later ships bearing the name of at least two men whose actions during the ordeal saved the lives of many and a posthumous Medal of Honor for Chief Watertender Oscar Peterson for being one of the most hardcore badasses to have ever walked the Earth. There were also shameful instances of cowardice, dereliction of duty and questionable actions that had led to many deaths. If you guys have some free time on your hands do yourself a favor and get yourself a copy of this book. I could hardly put it down once I started.
  15. Well, despite being drag butt tired, I manged to unlock the Helena tonight. My daughter was looking over my shoulder as I put her "night of remembrance" camo on her... I explained that I really wanted her, as not only was she real, unlike the Dallas, that she had a very interesting history. We talked a bit about Pearl Harbor, where she got torpedoed, and my daughter asked me: "Is she the one that still cries oil?" "Nope that is the Arizona, but she was sunk in the same attack. I don't have her, but I can pull up her picture here in port." So I did...we talked about how much oil a ship like that would have on board, etc. 30 seconds here and there can add up to a big deal, IMO. Anyway, the Helena might be the best looking CA in my port. Two thumbs waaay up!